Thursday, February 4, 2010

¿Que tal?

Dear Mom and Dad,

So first off, I saw a sister that looks almost EXACTLY like Aunt Carol. She even does some of the same things. Kinda weird and cool.

This week has been great but has been kind of a roller coaster. Especially Tuesday. Tuesday morning was slow and I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, but I ended the morning with companionship study whit Elder Gillette to fix some kinks and questions in our "Plan of Salvation" lesson which ended the morning very well. After lunch we went to the TRC as a class for a 15 minute Spanish situation and a 35-45 minute lesson. (We do this every week. Next week is our first Spanish lesson! Ay!) The Spanish went alright because the investigators didn't play the part exactly which threw us for a bit of a loop, but we ended it well. The lesson, however, was AMAZING! It was the best lesson we have taught yet. The Spirit guided our words and questions and everything just flowed. I didn't even have to think/stutter of what I was going to do next. It is such an awesome feeling to have the Holy Ghost with you that strongly. And the Spirit brought some experiences and memories to my remembrance which was great and took the lesson to the next level! :D Like I said, it was absolutely amazing. I couldn't stop smiling during the lesson and after. It was great.

After we came back to class we discussed the TRC with nuestro maestro Hermano Williams and then went to go drop our stuff off at choir practice. As we were heading back to the room, one of the Elders in our district pulled Elder Gillette and I back into the empty classroom and told us he was being sent home on medical leave. I was so struck. I had hardly known this elder for a month, but I was so devastated. So we helped him pack up and saw him off. That was really hard. His companion, Elder Gillette and I didn't sing in the choir that night and just listened. Then Elder Richard G. Hinckley and his wife gave talks that were really incredible and uplifting. After the Devotional we, the district, gathered for a review and obviously being one elder short we had to break it to them. The district was really torn up. The good thing is that the Elder will be back in two months though. There's just something as you study the gospel with someone or a group of people you build a deep relationship. It's really neat. We are working hard and keeping him in our prayers, but that was quite a shock. Shows you that as people gain significant spiritual experiences, Satan works his hardest to make us lose that testimony and deny what we have learned.

Well, we finally hit the point where our district is the second oldest district in the zone. Kinda scary. It doesn't seem we have been here that long yet as each new district comes in, they seem younger and younger even though some of them are older than I am. Kinda weird. Our district has set a goal to only speak Spanish. It's going to be tough, but we are going to give it our best effort. It will really help out in the long run.

The MTC is still great and I am really learning to delve into the scriptures with the help of teachers and the Spirit. It's great now that I have some friends from BYU here now and Elders Banks and Whipple from the Stake are here also. It's becoming a lot of fun. :D

I hope everything is well at home! Stay Strong! :D

Elder Michael C. Watson

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